The teen loner awaiting trial for the firebombings of two northern New Jersey synagogues has been charged with an additional arson attempt at the Jewish Community Center of Paramus.
Anthony Graziano, 19, was arrested on January 23 and charged with nine counts of attempted murder, bias intimidation, and arson in two attacks in early January – a January 3 Molotov cocktail assault on Congregation K’hal Adath Jeshurun in Paramus and a January 11 attack on Congregation Beth El in Rutherford.
Authorities leveled additional charges against Graziano on Friday after finding several Molotov cocktails in the woods near the Jewish Community Center of Paramus and finding internet searches on Graziano’s computer on how to assemble the potentially lethal homemade bombs as well as searches on news coverage of the bombings. Empty spray paint cans and an abandoned bicycle were also found near the scene. Graziano also owns a firearm purchaser ID enabling him to buy a rifle or shotgun, according to a report by Fox News.
Graziano has pled not guilty to all charges. Prior to the discovery of the bombs outside the Paramus community center, Graziano faced up to 80 years in prison. Now, he faces 95.
This week, Graziano’s attorney will attempt to reduce his $5 million bail and have the trial venue moved because of high levels of media coverage.Malkah Fleisher
About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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